Scheer says Ford's move to override judge's decision is 'within the law'

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 16, 2018

The province's council-cutting legislation would reduce the number of Toronto's wards to 25 from 47, with the city's election set to take place October 22.

Bill 31 is a resurrected version of Bill 5 - set aside earlier this week by an Ontario Superior Court decision which ruled it violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This approach can also be used to spike Conservative support and monetary contributions among the Conservative base by saying a Conservative government will support and implement their supporters' issues even when defied by the courts and a majority of voters, if they win the election.

Previous Ontario premiers have faced tough decisions over the decades without having to resort to the notwithstanding clause, said Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin, a spokeswoman for the Toronto caucus.

While this was, in reality, the situation before Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause and his proclamation that he intends to use it again when his decisions are overturned in the courts, the general belief was that the notwithstanding clause would rarely be used because voters would punish most if not all governments that used it with defeat in the next election due to the popularity of the Charter.

The new bill, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act, says the nomination deadline for candidates seeking to run in the October 22 election would be set for two days after the legislation passes.

It says that the elected representatives of the city "want to assure the people of Toronto that we understand and respect the critical role that city hall and local democracy play in building the communities in which we live".

"We are the people", a man yelled, referring to the Ford government's slogan of government "for the people".

Supporters of Mr Ford's say his use of the clause is a justifiable response to what they see as judicial activism.

"We're all here to keep standing up for Toronto and I know we're all prepared to continue to do that because we believe in this city". "The dysfunction is Doug Ford". "How can the premier be so certain that he is right when so many thoughtful Conservatives are telling him he is utterly and totally wrong?"

The PCs and the New Democrats have been battling over how quickly the bill should be passed, with the NDP attempting to slow the process down.

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